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Orioles vs Braves Baseball Game Preview

Baltimore OriolesAtlanta Braves
July 1, 7:35 PM | GrassTurner Field

Baltimore Orioles vs Atlanta Braves Odds

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Atlanta's pitching staff and batting order hope to create an unwelcoming environment in interleague play on Friday when the Baltimore Orioles pay a visit to Turner Field.

Jeremy Guthrie, with a record of 3-9 on the season, gets the ball for the Orioles, while the Braves trot Jair Jurrjens to the mound in this one. He is 10-3 so far in 2011.

View Baltimore vs Atlanta Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
If you're going with the Braves in this one, they're listed as moneyline favorites of -170 on most baseball betting menus for Monday's contest.

Power Rankings:
The Braves sit at No. 3 in the National League in the current MLB power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Orioles sit at an American League No. 11 on the same chart.

How They Match Up:
Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and Atlanta has the National League's No. 10-rated offensive output, at 8 hits per game. The Orioles average 9.1 hits per game, good for No. 5 on the American League list.

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Atlanta has the National League's No. 2-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Orioles own the American League's No. 13 mark in runs allowed.

Last time out for Baltimore, they were a 9-6 loser as they battled the Cardinals at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Cardinals at -130 were rewarded, while the 15 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Baltimore suffered a 9-6 loss against St. Louis on Thursday, as Brian Matusz wasn't able to lead his team to victory at Camden Yards.

Atlanta was a 5-3 winner in its last match on the road against the Mariners. They won as +138 underdogs, while the total score of 8 made winners of OVER bettors. The Braves grabbed a win last time out, defeating Felix Hernandez and the Mariners 5-3 on Wednesday at Safeco Field.

Baltimore Orioles Trends:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
Before playing Atlanta are 2-8
After playing St. Louis are 1-4
After a loss are 4-6

Atlanta Braves Trends:
When playing on Friday are 7-3
Before playing Baltimore are 5-5
After playing Seattle are 5-3
After a win are 6-4

A few Orioles at Braves trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Baltimore's last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Baltimore's last 5 games when playing Atlanta
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Baltimore's last 9 games when playing on the road against Atlanta
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Baltimore's last 10 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Atlanta's last 6 games at home
Atlanta is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Baltimore
Atlanta is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Atlanta is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Baltimore at Atlanta, Saturday, July 2